John Bercow ‘nominated for peerage by Labour’

Former Commons speaker John Bercow is poised to join the House of Lords after being put forward for a peerage by Labour, it has been claimed.

The move will raise eyebrows at Westminster as Mr Bercow had been a Tory MP prior to taking up the role of parliamentary referee.

Labour has declined to comment, but has not denied the reports.

Image: Tom Watson's name is also said to have been put forward by the Labour leader

Mr Bercow was a controversial figure in the office, facing accusations by Brexiteers of favouring Remain supporting MPs during the stormy debates over leaving the EU.

The Tory leadership was said to be so irritated by his behaviour that it broke with the tradition of offering a retiring speaker a place on the red benches.

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Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (R) embraces a member of his team Karie Murphy (L) as he arrives at Labour Party headquarters in central London on June 9, 2017 after results in a snap general election showing a hung parliament with Labour gains and the Conservatives losing its majority. British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on Friday after losing her parliamentary majority, plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom. The pound fell sharply amid fears the Conservative leader will be unable to form a government and could even be forced out of office after a troubled campaign overshadowed by two terror attacks. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Jeremy Corbyn has sparked fresh controversy over reportedly nominating aide Karie Murphy

Tory party Chairman James Cleverly refused to be drawn on the report in The Sunday Times when pressed on Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.

He said: "I'm going to fall back on convention here and by convention we don't discuss the peerages and nominations before the event."

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But Mr Cleverly added: "He's a very experienced politician."

As well as Mr Bercow, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is said to have nominated his former deputy Tom Watson, with whom he had a fractious working relationship, to the unelected chamber

The outgoing party chief, who will step down in April after Labour's disastrous election defeat, has also sparked fresh controversy over reportedly putting forward his key aide Karie Murphy for a peerage.

His chief of staff has been criticised over the handling of allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party, which is being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The Jewish Labour Movement tweeted a statement saying Ms Murphy's nomination was "deeply inappropriate and must be rescinded immediately".

"Jeremy Corbyn is using his final weeks in office to reward failure," the group added.

The campaign group Hope Not Hate said in a tweet: "No one who is a subject in the EHRC investigation should be ennobled before the full EHRC report is releRead More – Source

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